In this issue: Issue 122, April 2011
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Hot Topics
Taguchi Robust Design for Product Improvement
Taguchi robust design is used to find the appropriate control factor levels in a design or a process to make the system less sensitive to variations in uncontrollable noise factors (i.e., to make the system robust). Ideally, a product's performance should be consistent no matter what the noise values are. In this article, we will use ReliaSoft's DOE++, a software product for Design of Experiments, to illustrate how to use a Taguchi Robust Design to make a robust product.

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Reliability Basics
FRACAS: An Essential Ingredient for Reliability Success
Reliability engineering not only involves the use of statistical tools (e.g., Weibull analysis, degradation analysis, accelerated life testing, system simulation, etc.) but also involves the use of efficient management methods. In this article, we will briefly discuss the history and the role of failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system (FRACAS) in a reliability program, and introduce ReliaSoft's XFRACAS. This web-based FRACAS tool provides an organization wide platform that connects together all reliability-related management and analysis activities.

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Tool Tips
  • How can I customize and annotate plots from ReliaSoft applications?
  • How can I use the Comparison Wizard and the Stress-Strength Wizard tools in Weibull++ and ALTA?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for BlockSim (SR 7.0.14), Xfmea (SR 5.1.1) and RCM++ (SR 5.1.1). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
BlockSim 7 3/11/11 7.0.14
Xfmea 5 3/3/11 5.1.1
RCM++ 5 3/3/11 5.1.1
Hot News
* ARS Europe Awards Issued - We formally congratulate the recipients of the Excellent Presentation Awards, who were selected based on votes cast by attendees in Amsterdam at the European Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS) last month. During this event, we had many engineers from various industries present on practical topics. These are the winners!

  • 1st Place (Gold) - Gernot J. Riedel from ABB Switzerland for his presentation on "Reliability of Voltage-Source Converters: Reliability Standards, Aging Components and Load-Sharing Redundancy."

  • 2nd Place (Silver) - John van Schendel from Relia-Easy for his presentation on "Reliability: Is It a Blessing or a Curse?"

  • 3rd Place (Bronze) - Tayfun Kocabas from S.P.A.C. Consulting for his presentation on "Increasing Mandrel Life in Cold Ring Rolling Process: An Application of DOE Principles to Reliability Analysis."

Thank you for your hard work and congratulations for garnering the winning votes!

* Call for Presenters for ARS India - The ARS committee is currently soliciting presenters for the 2011 ARS, India, which will be held in Bangalore, India on October 12 - 14, 2011. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please review the detailed instructions and requirements posted at
* Recognition of CRP Recipients - The Certified Reliability Professional (CRP) program's certification process requires much effort and dedication. It is not something that can be achieved within only a few months because formal training and a practical project must be completed, and then published. The following reliability professionals have recently earned their CRP certification, and we are honored to have recognized them at last month's ARS, Europe for their outstanding achievement.
Name Country CRP Number Issue Date
Peder Andersson Sweden 15193 August 2010
Andrzej Kozak Poland 15424 March 2011
Tayfun Kocabas Turkey 15446 March 2011
* ASQ CRE Exam - Once again, the ARS Committee has partnered with ASQ to bring the Certified Reliability Engineer Exam to the 2011 ARS North America conference in San Diego, CA. The exam will be offered on June 6th, 2011 and the application deadline for the CRE exam is April 29, 2011. If interested, please register with ASQ via their secure website.
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
April 2011
April 25 - 27, 2011: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Penang, Malaysia
May 2011
May 4 - 6, 2011: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Pune, India
May 9 - 13, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Stockport, United Kingdom
May 9 - 13, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Singapore
May 10 - 12, 2011: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
May 10 - 12, 2011: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 17 - 19, 2011: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 23 - 27, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Jakarta, Indonesia
May 24 - 26, 2011: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Zurich, Switzerland
June 2011
June 7 - 9, 2011: International Applied Reliability Symposium in San Diego, California
June 13 - 14, 2011: RS 401(C) Reliability and Life Data Analysis (Condensed) in Rayong, Thailand
June 13 - 17, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Rome, Italy
June 22 - 24, 2011: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Bangalore, India
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